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Neolitic observatory discovered in Russia

  1. Sep 10, 2006 #1
    Hello everybody!
    Thought to draw your attention to recently discovered in Chelybinsk region of Russia aincient town of Arkaim dated to the 20th century BC as it used to be an astronomical observatory.
    Here is some info from the web:
    The similarity of latitude, date, and size led some archaeoastronomists (Bystrushkin 2003) to compare Arkaim with Stonehenge in England. According to their claims, the Neolithic observatory at Stonehenge allowed for observation of 15 astronomical phenomena using 22 elements, whereas the contemporaneous observatory at Arkaim allowed for observation of 18 astronomical phenomena using 30 elements. The precision of measurements in Stonehenge is estimated at 10 arc-minutes to a degree, that in Arkaim being put at 1 arc-minute. Such a precision of astronomical observations was not repeated until the compilation of Almagest about 2 millennia later.

    Picture of Arkaim:
    http://www.spaceoflove.com/small.jpg
     
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  3. Sep 10, 2006 #2

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    Nothing has been susstantiated about this.

    "In order to gain publicity, the early investigators described Arkaim as "Swastika City", "Mandala City", and "the ancient capital of early Aryan civilisation, as described in the Avesta and Vedas". The swastika description refers to the floor plan of the site, which with some imagination may appear similar to the swastika symbol, with rounded arms (similar to the lauburu) attached to a central ring instead of a cross.

    Some compared it to Vara, the Avestan city of king Yima reflecting the model of universe. These claims aroused such media interest that National mysticist organizations (e.g., the Dragonland's Aryan Restoration Troops) claim Arkaim as an early homestead of the Aryan race."

    The similarity of latitude, date, and size led some archaeoastronomists (Bystrushkin 2003) to compare Arkaim with Stonehenge in England. According to their claims, the Neolithic observatory at Stonehenge allowed for observation of 15 astronomical phenomena using 22 elements, whereas the contemporaneous observatory at Arkaim allowed for observation of 18 astronomical phenomena using 30 elements. The precision of measurements in Stonehenge is estimated at 10 arc-minutes to a degree, that in Arkaim being put at 1 arc-minute. Such a precision of astronomical observations was not repeated until the compilation of Almagest about 2 millennia later. The interpretation as an observatory for either Stonehenge or Arkaim is not universally accepted.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkaim
     
  4. Sep 11, 2006 #3
    Arkaim was one of the sacred places on the Earth I am sure.
    Official history of Russia we learnt at schools and Universities used to declare there were no towns on its territory 3-4 thousand years ago, only small vilages scattered all around where people lived like savages.
    What a suprise to discover the Land of Cities (upto 20 towns) dated to the 20th century BC!
    And Arkaim was different from other towns, it was a temple, an observatory and a scientific centre.
    Some more links about Arkaim:
    http://perm-asha.chat.ru/arkaim_e.html
    http://www.csen.org/koryakova2/Korya.Sin.Ark.html
    http://netmar.com/~maat/archive/apr3/arkaim.htm
     
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